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The Dinner
The Dinner | Herman Koch
"A European Gone Girl." --The Wall Street JournalAn internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal.It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.From the Hardcover edition.
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DeeBall
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Panpan

Just not a fan. Blah characters, blah story.

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Cortg
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Pickpick

#pop22 ~ a book with cutlery on the table
I‘ve heard a lot of mixed reviews and it does start out slow. I kept thinking ‘is this dinner going to be overanalyzed throughout the entire book?‘ But then, things started picking up and I found my self more and more intrigued about the Michel incident, things began getting dark and the end?! I did not see that coming! Whew. A lot to process and think on. This would make a great book discussion.

Megabooks Great review! I‘ve had this on my TBR for years and have never gotten to it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great choice. I enjoyed this one too. 2mo
TheLudicReader It's definitely worth sticking with. 2mo
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Cinfhen Yes…deplorable people but delicious 2mo
KarenUK My bookclub did this years ago and it‘s still one of our best discussions! 2mo
Cortg @KarenUK I bet! I‘m still thinking about it 😀 2mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

This is my second time through with this book- both times for a book club, go figure. While the characters and subject matter are all terrible, it makes for a fascinating read, and no doubt the discussion will be awesome too.
#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick
#Spookoween @TheSpineView
#31by31 @Catsandbooks 2/31 hours
#PromptMaze @TheAromaofBooks
#PointsAThon @dieareader @GHABI4ROSES
#ReadLikeHellaThon

MrsMalaprop Great book. I did it for book club too. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
TheSpineView Fantastic 4mo
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Catsandbooks Yay 🎃 4mo
Clwojick Awesome job! 4mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

Went in a weird direction half way through, but worth finishing up.

Cathythoughts I enjoyed the read a few years back 👍🏻 10mo
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IndoorDame
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This was a soft pick for me. I enjoyed the attention to detail, the moral ambiguity, and the glimpses into the different relationships offered. But I found myself wishing that the plot was a bit more linear and more urgent, and that the characters had more growth by the end of the book. #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

Cathythoughts We read this for Bookclub years ago. I really enjoyed it at the time 13mo
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 122.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Anya91
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Anya91
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Quote from “The Dinner” by #hermankoch

Nute Yes! Happiness does not have to be validated! 12mo
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Pinta
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Mehso-so

So much nastiness. Two couples meet over dinner in Amsterdam to discuss teenage sons‘ involvement in a violent crime. Revelations from unreliable narrator make the reader keep recalibrating, which makes for an interesting read. But the main confrontation—the question of sons‘ guilt & pathology—is never explored outside the group, which felt like a cop out. Parental protection, entitlement, class, social media, heredity & mental health. Trans 2012

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Eggs
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There are a few characters in the story who ‘accidentally on purpose‘ are implicated...it‘s a strange plot but good. But don‘t want to use spoilers!
#murders #maycharacters @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TheLudicReader I liked this one too....but translations are almost always problematic for me and this was no exception. Have you seen the movie? 2y
Eggs @TheLudicReader no I should..book was mystifying 2y
TheLudicReader @Eggs , I haven‘t seen the movie myself, not sure if it‘s good or not. 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Tracey3
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Pickpick

12/26/2020 Another book that I could not put down. So much suspense, so much intrigue, and ALL of it unfolding over the course (or shall I say, coursES) of a dinner. What seems to be two couples meeting to enjoy a meal together becomes so much more when you realize (not until the end, of course) what is really being discussed and what is really at stake.

Buechersuechtling This was my first Herman Koch and I loved it. But I found out that the author‘s topics and writing style sometimes needs getting used to. 2y
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Jgacreations
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Mehso-so

Not loving this one. But i figured I‘d finish it anyway.

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sisilia
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Panpan

1⭐️ The worst book I read this year! This was recommended to me by a friend, and I waited for > 6 months after I placed a hold with the library. Well, this is just a story about psychotic, childish parents with bad parenting, executed badly 😤 What a waste of time!

BarbaraBB Highly overrated indeed! 2y
Anna40 Oh, I couldn't agree more! 2y
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Nicki_K
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Panpan

This book was added to my TBR when I came across it in a list of must reads. It's marketed as a phenomenal thriller of the year....did I read the same book?! Either that or it went way over my head. I didn't like any part of it, the characters, the disregard the boys and the parents had for the victim....I kept reading it hoping it would get better...but it wasn't my cup of tea. #hermankoch #thedinner #tea_sipping_bookworm #bookstagram #bookqueen

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amyf0x
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Over dinner at an upscale restaurant in Amsterdam with his wife, brother and sister-in-law, the narrator reveals how their sons‘ ghastly acts might have terrible repercussions.

Read July 29 - August 4
Rated 4/5 ⭐️
Book 31/60

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Mlfrey2
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Almost done with this book and I love it. Will probably watch the movie when I‘m done.

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KadeLexical
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Pickpick

What neurological illness did Paul have???

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KristenDuck
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Mehso-so

The Dinner involves two couples who go to dinner to discuss an “incident” involving their sons. They killed a homeless woman, now how can these parents protect their children?

The narrator is one of the fathers, Paul, and honestly I think he was unstable. I would love some feedback from anyone else who read this book, but I do not really recommend it to anyone.

No likable characters, no twist, and some of it was on the boring side.

Lesanne I tried to read it a few years ago but as you said, the characters were unlikable and I found it boring so I bailed. 3y
KristenDuck @Lesanne I know! I couldn‘t relate to anyone! 3y
MoonWitch94 I bailed on this one. The parents were so dysfunctional. I cannot stand these type of parents in the real world ((former educator here 🙋🏻‍♀️)) so why would I enjoy reading about them for fun? 😂 3y
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jb72 The parents were way to nonchalant about the murder so of course the boys were bad too. I read it some time ago and I think I only gave it two stars. None of the characters are likable. 3y
bookishbitch I hated everyone in this book. 3y
janeycanuck Don‘t watch the movie. It‘s awful. 3y
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KristenDuck
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Hello Littens! Today is the last day if you were playing along for the #27Hours7Days Challenge!

I made it to 27 hours! Been reading and listening to my audiobooks almost nonstop since yesterday to make it!!

1. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman 90%
2. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King FINISHED
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling 45%
4 All Dressed In White by Mary Higgins Clark FINISHED
5 The Dinner by Herman Koch 40%

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RenePenn
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I haven‘t been all that interested in reading this one because of the reviews but it was available in audio format so I decided to go for it.

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kitteh_reads
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Mehso-so

This was so dysfunctional!!! So Paul is the narrator of this book and he's set to meet up with his brother and sister in law for dinner with his wife. They are meeting about their children and their harassment and murder of a homeless woman. The heartless attitude to the homeless was jarring. There was large sense of entitlement. Your opinions of these characters will be completely different from start to finish.

TrishB I really disliked most of the people in this book! 3y
kitteh_reads They were terrible people!! It was incredible the way they tried to justify the homeless woman's death 😣 3y
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JulietReads
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👍The ending was not what I expected. Lol.

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Qpri
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A nice fun book for a rainy day like today :)

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suzie.reads
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Mehso-so

I liked the idea of the story and it was an okay read I just couldn't stand the main character Paul and it ruined it for me 😏
#mmdchallenge a book in translation #ReadingEurope2020 Holland (3rd county) #murder2020 (book 2)

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imabusybee
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Late night reading. #readingwhatiown

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Cathythoughts
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#MOvember #Crave Craving crayfish anyone 🙃( is this a crayfish🤔) ... I saw his new book The Ditch in the bookshop. I wonder if it‘s any good ..
We read The Dinner for Bookclub a few years back 👍. I never did finish The Swimming Pool book , must go back to it.

Cinfhen Ha!! I liked Swimming Pool more than The Dinner. I think Koch is a very polarizing author 3y
merelybookish Pretty sure that's a lobster. Which is yum! 😀 3y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen yes I think he is too. I would like to finish the Swimming Pool one 3y
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Cathythoughts @merelybookish I‘ve never had a lobster 🤷🏼‍♀️ & my Mother loved them. I need to put this on my bucket list 😁 3y
Cinfhen Ha @merelybookish it is a lobster 🦞 emoji agrees 3y
merelybookish @Cathythoughts You do! I grew up where lobsters are fished! I love a good lobster roll! 😋 3y
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a lobster! I love them steamed! Haven‘t tried a crayfish though. @Cinfhen I like the Swimming Pool more than this book too. I have The Ditch stacked. 3y
Cinfhen The Ditch sounds good!!! I wonder what @BarbaraBB thinks?!?? 3y
batsy @Cathythoughts @merelybookish I've tried it like maybe once and it was divine 🦞 I've always wanted to try a lobster roll, that's going on my bucket list 😁 3y
BarbaraBB I did like The Dinner but afterwards all books by Koch did seem a bit the same to me. All these unlikable characters. I haven‘t read The Ditch though. It‘s supposed to be one of his better ones - according to Dutch press. (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I think I‘ll stack the Ditch 👍 3y
ljuliel The Swimming Pool was maybe the oddest book “ sensation” I‘ve had. I highly disliked the main character and felt, the whole book, like a grey cloud was hanging overhead and something really bad was gonna happen. Yet, I kept reading because I needed to find out what happened. I guess you‘d call that good writing, if you can keep the reader turning pages to see how it ends. I‘ve been meaning to try The Dinner. 3y
Cathythoughts @ljuliel yes! I think he‘s a good writer. I must try the new one 3y
ljuliel I‘ll have to hunt it up and try it. Thank you @Cathythoughts 3y
ChasingOm I didn‘t realize he had a new one! I‘ll stack that too. Did anyone read 3y
Cathythoughts @ChasingOm @ljuliel I did read Dear Mr. M & I couldn‘t put it down 👍👍.... I‘m remembering now 3y
TorieStorieS Dear Mr. M is my favorite of his- I liked it more than The Dinner and more than The Ditch! 3y
Cathythoughts @TorieStorieS interesting ! I‘ve yet to read The Ditch. I‘ll keep you posted 😁 3y
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TheLudicReader
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings about this generally well-reviewed novel about a couple of Dutch brothers, Serge, who is running to be Prime Minister, and Paul, a school teacher, and their wives. Over several courses at a fancy restaurant, Paul unravels the story of his acrimonious relationship with Serge, and also unspools the story of why they are gathered on this night. No question, it would make a great book club pick. Anyone seen the movie?

charl08 Not seen the film, but the book was really good at hitting my buttons. 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Mehso-so

I am really perplexed about my reaction to this book. The characters were unpalatable, the premise utterly horrifying, and the outcome jolting. However, the author crafted the conversations well and did a great job of creating two families that were equally despicable. I was hoping for a dark, taut thriller and wound up with less engaging version of “My Dinner with Andre.” With all that being said, I‘d read it again. How weird is that?

BarbaraBB Excellent review. I know what you mean. 4y
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB Thanks. Have you read of his other books? If so, thoughts?😀 4y
BarbaraBB I have read this one too. I think he is a master in creating unlikable characters but I am not sure how long it will stay interesting for his readers! 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I liked this absorbing and discomforting read. I‘ve also enjoyed Koch‘s other book, Summer House With Swimming Pool. Koch seems to be very good in coming up with unsavoury and detestable characters.
#WanderingJune #Amsterdam

Thanks for a month of ‘around the world‘ in books! 😘😘

Cinfhen Thanks for joining us❣️💋and I agree, Koch writes really detestable characters 4y
JenReadsAlot I just bought his new book The Ditch! Hoping it's good! 4y
BarbaraBB Detestable is the right word! Thank you for playing 💜 (edited) 4y
erzascarletbookgasm @JenReadsAlot I have that one stacked! Look forward to your review when you get to it. 🙂 4y
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EmilieGR
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Mehso-so

Predictable

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RiaWritten
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Definitely one to check out! I loved it but dang was it intense. Only $1.99 today!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Two couples went to a fancy restaurant for dinner. When the pretentious food is consumed and the small talk is over, the conversation turns to their teenage sons. About the ‘bad‘ things the boys have done. And how far the four of them will go to protect their own children and themselves from the consequences of their actions.
I enjoyed this book that raises some moral questions.
#MayMovieMagic #HowFarIllGo

squirrelbrain Clever! 👍 4y
Cinfhen Ohhh!!! Well played!! Glad that cold isn‘t messing with your brain 🧠💚Hope you‘re feeling better today!!! 4y
rohit-sawant Excellent pick! 4y
gradcat Great pick for the prompt, but I hated this book! I think the “moral dilemma” and its solution were just too questionable for me. (edited) 4y
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Lesley1
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Mehso-so

This book does not get great reviews in general. I actually didn‘t think it was horrible. It was short so it wasn‘t like it dragged on and on. I was never bored. I agree that everyone in the book is unlikeable but it actually didn‘t bother me that much. It was an interesting story but probably not going to be a lot of people‘s favorite. 3/5 stars.

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TheRiehlDeal
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Mehso-so

I was reading this book on and off, so I can't say I really cared for it. And the plot was a bit confusing; like, I'm not sure what the story was really about. All in all, I would just skip this book if you have not read it.

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Boooooks
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Both 3/5, oh my god I hated every single character it the dinner and I know that‘s not the point of the book but still I kept waiting for just one person to root for ahh this book was crazy. And I liked the idea of the surface breaks but I kept finding myself being like “nope bad decision main character” on every page! #booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I agree, the characters in The Dinner were SO awful! I disliked that book, it was hard to connect to anyone in the pages 4y
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SReed151
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Panpan

Terrible. Wildly implausible, poorly paced, difficult to follow, and badly translated. Just a huge disappointment. I‘m so bummed I assigned it to my class.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh good. You felt the same. 😆 I hated all the characters. But it could inspire some good discussion. 4y
TheBookgeekFrau This was the most bizarre books, but I liked it in some weird way 😄 4y
CouronneDhiver I liked this one a lot... but it‘s not for someone who needs to connect to a redeemable quality in a character. They‘re all jerks. Lol 4y
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SReed151 I don‘t need to like the characters. I need the plot to make sense. 4y
DebbieGrillo What grade/level? Are they still reading it? Give them permission to abandon it! Let them read what they want to read. 4y
SReed151 @DebbieGrillo I‘m a college professor. 😊 4y
wordzie ❤ the review 4y
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gradcat
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1. Such a bunch of abject, cruel protagonists...it‘s just not my thing! 😬 📖
2. Eat at home 🏡 🥪
3. The worst, and the most typical: assuming a slightly overweight woman is pregnant 🤰! In my defense, I was young & dumb, plus I learned a lesson: I will never again ask a woman if she is pregnant. If she wants me to know, she‘ll tell me.
4. Vanilla—love it! 🍦
5. Blue Blacktop, or Blue Infinite, or Blue Infinite Blacktop 😂

MommyOfTwo OMG my grandpa asked me over the summer if I was expecting, I said no, so he says you‘ve put on wait then, no actually I‘ve list 10 pounds 🤦‍♀️ I think it was probably the baggy shirt I was wearing lol 4y
gradcat See what I mean? For me it‘s that feeling of mortification because not only are you embarrassed, but you may have hurt someone‘s feelings! 😞 4y
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rybrary
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Book 2 of 2019. I find it hard to judge books objectively when the characters are all terrible people, and such is the case with The Dinner. Our narrator is one of the most deranged characters I've ever had the pleasure (?) of reading and it made for a quick, twisty, shocking little book.

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LanieFitz
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What do you do when you have a golf outing with the extended family? Bring a book of course...

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NataliePatalie
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I'm also reading The Dinner. About halfway through it now. I'm not sure how much I like it yet, but I DO know I'm not a fan of our friend Paul. I'm planning to watch the movie when I'm finished.
@Blueberry

Blueberry My friend read this one. She wanted to do it for our movie/book club. 4y
NataliePatalie @Blueberry some parts are kind of tedious but there's some juicy bits too. 4y
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Dragon
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I‘m a very eclectic reader so my 10 would be 1. JK Rowling 2. Agatha Christie 3. Eloisa James 4. Robert Parker 5. Mary Stewart 6. Antonia Fraser 7. John Wyndham 8. Robert Heinlein 9. Charles Dickens 10. Jane Austen #dinnerparty

Krisjericho Solid picks! 4y
Dragon Thanks @Krisjericho 👍😀🐉 4y
Crazeedi Excellent! 4y
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Dragon Thanks 🙏 @Crazeedi 😀🐉 4y
rubyslippersreads Mary Stewart is a great pick! 4y
Dragon Thanks @rubyslippersreads when I was a teenager I read almost all of her romantic suspense novels. 😀💕 4y
Dragon Thanks @Crazeedi 👍😀🐉 4y
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madamereadsalot1
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1. Neil Gaiman. 2. Joe Hill. 3. Stephen King. 4. Margaret Atwood. 5. Terry Pratchett. 6. Douglas Adams. 7. Kurt Vonnegut. 8. J.K. Rowling. 9. Shirley Jackson. 10. Daphne Du Maurier.

#dinnerparty @Krisjericho

Krisjericho I would love to come to that party! 4y
rubyslippersreads Daphne du Maurier is a great choice! 4y
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Robothugs
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Two families bite the bullet and dine together at a restaurant to discuss their sons and a horrible act they committed together, all caught on video. #BitinTheBullet #OctoberXFiles

Join in on the photo challenge on whatever days you‘re up for it! http://litsy.com/p/eUtoT09EU3B1

MrsMalaprop Great book! 4y
Cinfhen Clever choice!!! 4y
Robothugs @MrsMalaprop When I read it it was not one of my favorites, but I have a feeling I might have a different opinion of it now. @Cinfhen Thanks! 4y
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geekyjojo
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Mehso-so

Interesting idea - the moral dilemma and debate of what you would do when your child commits a crime! So that made it intriguing. It took a while to get going but the second half of the book redeems itself a little but not enough to warrant more than 3⭐️
Pretty much all the characters are detestable but I think that might be the point, but not any less irksome. Worth a read for a bit of discussion after it.

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Tashreads
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Day 2| #NewHogwartsAdventure #Feast

A dinner between friends takes a dark turn when they begin discussing their troubled teenagers. I couldn‘t get this story out of my head for a while 😮

vkois88 I need to read this! 4y
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geekyjojo
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Started this at the weekend 📖

CouronneDhiver It‘s a fun one 👍🏽 4y
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Djkpanic
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Pickpick

This was a page turner! Over the course of a dinner, 2 families who are hiding secrets about their children come head-to-head in figuring out how far they‘re willing to go to protect the kids‘ futures. The movie based on it looks pretty good too!

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blondie
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I made it to the bookstore before I got called into work. Which I was bummed about, but a new book made it easier.
This one sounds so good. I am very excited for it. 💙

CKlube I enjoyed this! 5y
RadicalReader @blondie been looking forward to this novel myself when looking for a thriller suspenseful read 5y
CouronneDhiver So good! 5y
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